Manchester United ready to ramp up pursuit of Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United are considering a fresh bid for Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes, with negotiations set to be ramped up before Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline.

United had an offer of €45m (£38m) plus add-ons for the 25-year-old midfielder rejected by Sporting, who valued Fernandes at €85m. The clubs are prepared to compromise regarding the fee but so far have been too wide apart.

Yet the lines of communication are still open and a renewed push by United is expected. A second offer is unlikely to go beyond a base price of €55m.

United are weighing up a loan move for the Leicester City striker Islam Slimani, who is on loan at Monaco and has been offered as cover for the injured Marcus Rashford.


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